The Rec League: Eccentric Older Women
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Articles / January 16, 2019

The Rec League: Eccentric Older Women We have a pretty fun Rec League this week. Dori sent this one into us. Thanks, Dori! I am hoping a Rec League can help me out. I’m looking for recommendations for books with eccentric older aunts, grandmothers, godmothers, etc. that play a pivotal role in the main characters finding romance. Think Lady Osbaldestone or the eccentric aunt from Maya Rodale’s Wicked Wallflower. I find these characters so amusing and it always makes me enjoy a novel so much more! A | BN | K | AB Amanda: Doesn’t Wishes by Jude Deveraux have one? Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen ( A | BN | K | G | AB | Au ) has witchy older women, which are my personal fave. Elyse: That’s a hard one because I’m not what qualifies as eccentric. Carrie: I just finished Victoria Alexander’s The Lady’s Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl and it fits that description perfectly. What eccentric side women are your favorites in romance? Tell us in the comments below! Source: smart bitche

Lady Derring Takes a Lover by Julie Anne Long
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Articles / January 3, 2019

B- Lady Derring Takes a Lover by Julie Anne Long February 26, 2019 · Avon RomanceHistorical: Other Reading Lady Derring Takes a Lover is like starting a new relationship. Everything is super awesome and wrapped in a blissful glow but then a few weeks pass and you start to notice that maybe your hot new date has some annoying habits, but that’s OK, because no one is perfect. What I’m saying here is that I was passionately in love with this book, but realized later that it’s not actually perfect, but still good. I mean yeah, fine, maybe sometimes it’s late for a date but it it still shows up with flowers so I’m sticking with it. Our story begins when Lady Delilah Derring’s husband dies and she discovers that he left no money. She doesn’t even own the clothes she is wearing, although for reasons Delilah cannot fathom, she was bequeathed a building at the docks. She goes to visit her late husband’s solicitor and encounters her late husband’s mistress there, in a sublimely awkward scene. Delilah was not madly in love with her husband but she did not know that he had a mistress and she’s quite annoyed about…

Fantasy Romance, More Historicals, & More
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Articles / December 11, 2018

One Dance with a Duke One Dance with a Duke by Tessa Dare is $1.99! This is a Kindle Daily Deal and it’s being price-matched. This is the first book in Dare’s Stud Club trilogy and features a horse breeder hero. Readers say this one is slow to start with, but recommend powering through! There is a marriage of convenience aspect that reviewers really enjoyed. In One Dance with a Duke—the first novel in Tessa Dare’s delightful new trilogy—secrets and scandals tempt the irresistible rogues of the Stud Club to gamble everything for love. A handsome and reclusive horse breeder, Spencer Dumarque, the fourth Duke of Morland, is a member of the exclusive Stud Club, an organization so select it has only ten members—yet membership is attainable to anyone with luck. And Spencer has plenty of it, along with an obsession with a prize horse, a dark secret, and, now, a reputation as the dashing “Duke of Midnight.” Each evening he selects one lady for a breathtaking midnight waltz. But none of the women catch his interest, and nobody ever bests the duke—until Lady Amelia d’Orsay tries her luck. In a moment of desperation, the unconventional beauty claims the duke’s dance and unwittingly steals…

Podcast Episode Recommendations, February 28, 2019
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Articles / November 10, 2018

It’s podcast recommendation time! While it’s easy to recommend an entire podcast, sometimes recommending a specific episode is much easier to manage as a new listener. But, if you’re looking for more romance-focused podcasts to try, I have a page collecting them at RomancePodcasts.com, and I just updated it with new options. Let’s get to it. Here are a few episodes that rocked my brain recently. You’re Wrong About Podcast Amanda recommended this show to me and whooooa is it interesting and smart and fun and fascinating. From the description: “Michael Hobbes and Sarah Marshall are journalists obsessed with the past. Every week they reconsider an event, person or phenomenon that’s been miscast in the public imagination.” So if I think I remember what a specific event was about, chances are I’m wrong (this is not a surprise). But you know how sometimes you back to re-read an older novel you loved, and with age and perspective and learning-of-things, you see it entirely differently? It’s like that, only with major news events and pop culture scandals, some of which happened when I was barely aware of the larger world. Sarah and Mike research a specific thing, then contrast the public perception of…

Cristiane Serruya: Alleged Plagiarist
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Articles / October 21, 2018

Cristiane Serruya: Alleged Plagiarist At some point one might blink in un-surprise to yet another discovery of rampant holy shit plagiarism, but today is not that day (and frankly, I hope it doesn’t arrive). Per Courtney Milan, Tessa Dare, and many, many other people doing the terrible work of unearthing and checking  books page by page, it seems writer Cristiane Serruya has lifted…sheesh, at this point, half the internet into her books? As always, a fan found it and let Courtney Milan know: If you know me, you know I do not make accusations lightly–especially accusations about plagiarism and copyright infringement. Earlier today, a fan sent me an email claiming that portions of my book that had been copied by another author. After investigation, I have concluded that Christiane Serruya has copied, word-for-word, multiple passages from my book The Duchess War. There are more passages copied than what I list below, and history suggests that if you delve deeper into this book, and other books, there will be even more plagiarism. Oh, indeed. Sad Plagiarism Bingo square: it’s never just one book. Once folks began looking, there were plenty of additional examples. Which of course means buying copies of a book…

Smart Podcast Book Club Pick: Mercenary Instinct by Ruby Lionsdrake
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Articles / October 5, 2018

We have a book for our first quarter Smart Podcast Book Club! As I said back in January, I asked the Patreon community to suggest titles, and this one smacked me right between the eyes. This recommendation is pretty tough to resist. I mean, read this: “Sci-fi romance recommendations are often being requested across the Bitchery and this is my absolute favourite series in that genre by one of my all time favourite authors (Lindsay Buroker writing as Ruby Lionsdrake). It has a brilliant heroine heading up a team of accomplished women who are starting up a new business in alien poop (yes, poop) and group of rag tag mercenaries lead by a big, broody Captain who actually uses his brain before listening to his peen! It’s hot, action packed and funny which is the holy trio of romance for me. I hope you enjoy it!” ALIEN POOP, SCIENCE, and BROODING. This is going to be fun, especially because sci-fi romance is not a genre I read a lot of, and I’m very excited to try it. Here are ALL the details: A | BN Skulking around in the ruins on a planet swarming with treasure hunters, slavers, and bounty hunters…

HaBO: Family Drama with Three Sisters
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Articles / September 16, 2018

HaBO: Family Drama with Three Sisters This HaBO request is from M.B. and they’re looking for a family-centric contemporary romance: It’s a contemporary romance with family drama involving I believe 3 sisters. The heroine is the middle child, who has been estranged from her family because of something that happened when she was a teen ( sexual abuse?), and her family didn’t believe her (NOT ELISE ALDEN’S BOOK). She still talks to her younger sister and they get along fine, but her parents and her older sister are mean and judgmental towards her. When she gets back into town, she see her ex-boyfriend and hooks up with him but they do not stay together. She finds out she is pregnant by the ex who was and is in a relationship that he didn’t tell her about. She moves into an apartment/house and the next door neighbor is the hero of story. I’ve been looking for this book since last year hopefully some one recognizes the plot. Sound familiar to anyone? Source: smart bitche

HaBO: Indiana Jones Contemporary Romance
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Articles / September 15, 2018

HaBO: Indiana Jones Contemporary Romance This HaBO is from Ren, who is either looking for a contemporary romance or a book with strong romantic elements: I’m looking for a contemporary romance about archaeologists that I read in 2000-2003. Full disclaimer, I’m only 90% sure that it was a romance. Someone donated the book to my middle school library and I checked it out thinking it was an adventure story, only to be disappointed because most of the book was about two people making eyes at each other and there was hardly any adventuring at all. So it’s either a romance or a novel with strong romantic elements. Things I’m sure about: – It was a contemporary and set in the US and then Egypt (or possibly the Middle East). Published late 1990s or early 2000s. – It starts with a flashback about ancient times. At the end of the first chapter someone is killed and the narration switches to the present. – They’re searching for a city buried in the sand. – Some shady group (government or military) is also searching for the city and the protagonists go on the run from them. – At one point there is a…

Links: Fanfic Recs, a Kickstarter, & More
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Articles / September 4, 2018

Links: Fanfic Recs, a Kickstarter, & More It’s still February. It’s the shortest month, but yet it feels like the longest. Maybe that’s because in New England, winter is still happening and we’re all just over it. Meanwhile, my boyfriend is going on a trip to the dang Bahamas next week! How unfair is that! … For Goodreads’ Romance Week, they interviewed several romance authors about what they do when they aren’t writing. They talked with Courtney Milan, Eloisa James, Penny Reid, and HelenKay Dimon. … Want to help out some romance authors? Donate to RWA’s Perseverance Fund, which covers the annual dues for authors with financial need. It’s almost Valentine’s Day! And this year we don’t want chocolate or flowers. Instead, we’re asking our members to #ShareTheLoveStory by donating to RWA’s Perseverance Fund, which covers RWA annual dues for writers in financial need. (thread) https://t.co/me64yaJ64U — RWA (@romancewriters) February 11, 2019 … There’s a Kickstarter for a romance bookstore! A mother and daughter are hoping to bring more romance love to the Chicago area. Even if you can’t donate to their Kickstarter, sharing always helps. … After our discussion of fanfic, I think you all need more recommendations. My…

March’s New Releases
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Articles / August 15, 2018

February has seemed to last forever and I’ve been dying to get to March books! Below are SBTB’s staff picks for releases we really want to add to our collection. However, here are a couple more titles that may be on your buy lists: Internment by Samira Ahmed ( A | BN | K | G | AB ) is out! You may recognize it from a previous Cover Awe. Get back into The Others series with Wild Country by Anne Bishop ( A | BN | K | G | AB ). And as always, tell us which books you’re pumped about this month! American Dreamer Author: Adriana Herrera Released: March 4, 2019 by Carina Press Genre: GLBT, Romance, Contemporary Romance No one ever said big dreams come easy For Nesto Vasquez, moving his Afro-Caribbean food truck from New York City to the wilds of Upstate New York is a huge gamble. If it works? He’ll be a big fish in a little pond. If it doesn’t? He’ll have to give up the hustle and return to the day job he hates. He’s got six months to make it happen—the last thing he needs is a distraction. Jude Fuller is proud of the…